Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Ames, IA

Founded in 1858

Motto: "Science with Practice"

Small Town





Acceptance Rate

$9,320 / $24,508

Tuition In-state / Out-of-state


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Iowa State University is home to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, one of the world’s premier institutions for agricultural education. The college’s welcoming, inclusive environment inspires success while delivering a high-quality, experiential education. More than two dozen undergraduate majors challenge students to become global citizens with an “I can make a difference” mindset. The college annually awards $4 million in scholarships.

Students are highly sought after as interns and employees, with the college’s career fair the largest of its kind in the nation. Students graduate as skillful leaders, effective communicators and innovative thinkers-and-doers who believe in putting science-proven ideas into practice.

Agricultural Degrees Offered

  • Agricultural and Life Sciences Education
  • Agricultural Biochemistry
  • Agricultural Business Management
  • Agricultural Studies
  • Agricultural Systems Technology
  • Agriculture and Society
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Ecology
  • Animal Sciences
  • Biology
  • Culinary Food Science
  • Dairy Science
  • Diet and Exercise
  • Dietetics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Food Science
  • Forestry
  • Genetics
  • Global Resource Systems
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Technology
  • International Agriculture
  • Microbiology
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Seed Science
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Total Enrollment: 28,294

Agricultural Students: 4,169

Male Female Student Ratio: 46%/54%

Acceptance Rate: 89%


Application Fee: $40

Application Deadline: Rolling

Target GPA: 2.25

Target SAT Score: 1196

Target ACT Score: 25


In-State: $9,320

Out-of-State: $24,508

Room and Board: $9,149

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Religious Affiliation: non-denominational

Faculty/Student Ratio: 19/1

Iowa State University Teaching Farms

Situated on 450 acres of land, ISU's farms, conveniently located a couple miles south of campus, provide an experiential learning adventure like no other! Students have the opportunity to work at the farms to assist with college expenses and to gain the invaluable experience of farm management. Cutting-edge research is being performed daily and students have the possibility to participate and acquire skills not gained in a classroom. ISU takes great pride in 41,000-square-foot animal arena and event center -- The Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. While not a farm, this is a place where livestock competitions from around the nation take place. It also houses several classrooms and conference rooms for student and public use and acts as an ISU and community event center.